Ancient Indus Civilization Blog

331 posts, also carried on our Facebook page, about the ancient Indus Valley civilization, including important news, research and occasional visits to museums with ancient Indus artifacts.
Jan 5, 2016
We start 2016 and inaugurate the new by publishing long-lost images from Sir Mortimer Wheeler's personal collection. They are of the excavations he led at Mohenjo-daro in 1950.
Dec 31, 2015
Happy New Year 2016, from a relaunched, starting our 21st year and the year of the expected release of Ashutosh Gowariker's Mohenjo Daro, an epic romance with some of India's biggest stars than could do more for consciousness of the ancient Indus Civilization than so many new discoveries.
Dec 28, 2015
"In my view Hindu bathing places, such as the ghats at Varanasi, may have existed from the time of the Indus civilization.
Dec 26, 2015
"The Great Bath, which I have reserved to the last, was part of what appears to have been a vast hydropathic [water therapeutic] establishment and the most imposing of all the remains unearthed at Mohenjo-daro.
Dec 22, 2015
Lothal's sophisticated sanitary and drainage system was a hallmark of ancient Indus cities. All of Lothal's drainage channels met at right angles, engineered with several steps to separate solid and liquid wastes.
Dec 7, 2015
Farmers in the Indus valley were the first to spin and weave cotton. In 1929 archaeologists recovered fragments of cotton textiles at Mohenjo-Daro, in what is now Pakistan, dating to between 3250 and 2750 BCE.
Nov 26, 2015
The Archaeological Survey of India has apparently allocated a large sum to improve sites at Lothal and Dholavira and enhance the visitor experience.
Nov 23, 2015
Recent news includes the opening of a Rediscovering Harappa: through the five elements (water, earth, fire, air, ether) Exhibition at the Lahore Museum on November 21st, and the apparent discovery of Indus artifacts from 2600 BCE in Sikander South near Dera Ismail Khan.
Nov 18, 2015
Out now in UK - History Today - main feature by Andrew Robinson on the greatness of the civilisation western media forgets about
Plan view of the so-called "granary" or "parallel-wall structure" on Mound F at Harappa indicating areas of HARP excavations conducted in 1997 and 1999. Note that the structural remains surrounding the "granary" are, for the most part, later than the original "granary" structure.
Oct 12, 2015
Excavations at the "Granary," Harappa, Trenches 41 exposed new facts about this most puzzling of structures. Built apparently at one time, and more than once reconstructed on the foundations of a previous structure, there is absolutely no sign of grain in the rooms or hollow areas between them.
Aug 21, 2015
Google has come up with a 3D Viewer that lets you visit the Harappa Museum and parts of the site online.
Jul 28, 2015
The great Ancient Indus city of Dholavira features some of the best preserved stone architecture from the ancient Indus period. Traveller Jitaditya Narzary recounts in detail his visit to the site and gives an inside look at this beautiful site and the history
Jul 17, 2015
Male figurines are sometimes also identified by secondary sex characteristics such as beards. Occasionally, male figurines wear a headdress with two upward and/or outward projections like horns.
Jul 1, 2015
This beautiful three-sided terracotta sealing from 2000 BCE depicts a male cult figure seated in a yogic posture on a throne, a bull-like animal, and five characters in the Indus script. Today, the seal resides in the Ashmolean Museum at the University of
During the pre-Indus Ravi phase, is one of the earliest examples of the intersecting circle motif in the Indus region.
Jun 29, 2015
Collection of Ravi Phase pottery featuring several pieces with a variety of detail and colors.